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Posted: Wednesday, August 28, 2013 10:00 am

What will the 2013 football season bring to our area teams?

We’re about to find out.

With temperatures flirting with triple digits this week, the high school and college seasons begin this weekend. It will be an exciting high school season, especially with new turf fields at Washington, Union and Owensville. All three fields really look great.

It’s difficult to get a read on who some of the top teams will be just because so many were hit hard by graduation.

One team that does have most of its players back from last season is Union.

Does that make the Wildcats the favorite to win the Four Rivers Conference? Maybe. They did finish last season strong after taking a few lumps early on.

We’ll find out a lot of about Union pretty quickly with its first five games against Poplar Bluff, Borgia, Sullivan, Pacific and St. Clair.

I always have the mind-set that until someone knocks off the defending champion, they have to be considered the team to beat.

In the FRC, that team is Sullivan. It will be interesting to see how returning all-state running back Justin Biermann is used this season.

It appears Biermann will be the starting quarterback for the Eagles. It’s certainly possible they’ll use him in a variety of ways in the double wing offense.

While St. Clair lost some talented seniors from a 10-2 team, the Bulldogs still have to be considered a contender.

Running back Skyler Hutchison will be a force to be reckoned with. If he stays healthy, the Bulldogs will make noise.

I haven’t seen the Hermann Bearcats yet, but I keep hearing good things. Could they be the surprise team this season?

Pacific has talent and is getting better. The Indians need to keep their best players healthy.

Washington has a chance to have a good season. Senior running back Kyle Summers is a beast. If he stays healthy and gets help on both sides of the ball, it could be a good season.

Borgia needs to have a good showing Friday at Owensville to build some momentum. The Knights have major tests against Union and Duchesne in weeks two and three.

Class 4 District 3, which includes Borgia, Union, St. Clair, Sullivan and Pacific, was loaded last season. This season may not be as strong, but it’s still solid.

Westminster should have a strong team this season. Ladue and Priory also are in the district.

In Washington’s Class 5 District 4 field, Camdenton and Lebanon will be strong again. Rolla looked decent at St. Clair’s jamboree. Waynesville always has the potential to be good. Smith-Cotton also is in the district.

While I’m encouraged by many of our high school teams, I wonder how things will go for the Missouri Tigers and the St. Louis Rams.

I’m hearing some local pundits predicting that the Rams will go 10-6. That would be great, but I think we’re still a year or two away from that.

The Rams are young and raw at a lot of positions. I’m not sure how good the depth is at quarterback, running back, linebacker and cornerback.

To make matters worse, the Rams play in the NFC West with San Francisco and Seattle, quite possibly the two best teams in the NFL.

I’d take the 49ers and Seahawks to win the Super Bowl, and you can have everyone else.

The good news is that Jeff Fisher knows how to build a team, and he’ll eventually build the Rams into a contender.

Speaking of tough competition, Mizzou better lace it up tight with another SEC season around the corner.

The Tigers should start the season 4-0, maybe 5-0, with games against Murray State, Toledo, Indiana, Arkansas State and Vanderbilt.

Then the SEC gauntlet begins with consecutive contests against Georgia, Florida and South Carolina. The Tigers also play Texas A&M later in the season.

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Area Scoreboard

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Blue Division

Pool 1

McCluer North

Normandy

Carnahan

Pool 2

Cardinal Ritter

Pacific

Rockwood Summit

Gold Division

Pool 1

CBC

Soldan

Washington

Pool 2

Borgia

North Tech

Union

Monday, Nov. 24

CBC 77, Washington 52

Tuesday, Nov. 25

Cardinal Ritter vs. Rockwood Summit, PPD

Washington 63, Soldan 62

Borgia 83, Union 50

Wednesday, Nov. 26

Carnahan 71, Normandy 46

Pacific 64, Rockwood Summit 22

North Tech 67, Union 37

Thursday, Nov. 27

McCluer North 95 Carnahan 68

CBC 82, Soldan 55

Borgia 50, North Tech 45

Friday, Nov. 28

McCluer North 93, Normandy 39

Pacific 70, Cardinal Ritter 57

Saturday, Nov. 29

Blue Consolation — Rockwood Summit 47, Normandy 38

Gold Consolation — Soldan 78, Union 59

Gold Third Place — North Tech 63, Washington 57

Blue Third Place — Cardinal Ritter 71, Carnahan 46

Blue Championship — McCluer North 64, Pacific 58 (OT)

Gold Championship — CBC 67, Borgia 66

Boys Basketball

Monday, Dec. 8

Lutheran S 64, St. Clair 48

Borgia 61, Carnahan 51

Tuesday, Dec. 9

Lafayette 44, Washington 35

Friday, Dec. 12

Potosi 72, St. Clair 45

*Washington 69, Ft. Zumwalt North 65

Montgomery Co 62, New Haven 61

*St. Mary’s at Borgia    6:45 p.m.

Bourbon 75, Union 74

Glendale 63, Pacific 46

Saturday, Dec. 13

New Haven 46, Barat 40

Nixa 56, Pacific 46

Tuesday, Dec. 16

*Pacific 70, New Haven 35

*Hermann 67, St. Clair 49

*Ft. Zumwalt South 61, Washington 50

*Union 81, St. James 74

Friday, Dec. 19

*Owensville at St. Clair    4 p.m.

Washington vs. Parkway Central, GAC/Suburban Shootout, St. Charles Family Arena, 5:30 p.m.

*St. James at New Haven    6 p.m.

*Pacific at Union    7 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 20

Sullivan Shootout

Owensville vs. Rockwood Summit, 11:30 a.m.

St. Clair vs. Lindbergh, 1 p.m.

Jefferson City vs. Jackson, 2:30 p.m.

Washington vs. Lutheran South, 4 p.m.

Borgia vs. Poplar Bluff, 5:30 p.m.

Sullivan vs. Affton, 7 p.m.

Girls Basketball

Saturday, Dec. 6

Cor Jesu 63, Borgia 60

New Haven 46, Moberly 39

Monday, Dec. 8

Pacific 73, Rolla 40

St. Clair 68, Dixon 37

Washington 54, New Haven 15

Tuesday, Dec. 9

*Borgia 59, Rosati-Kain 38

Union 53, Northwest 44

Thursday, Dec. 11

*Borgia 60, Notre Dame 53

Union 81, Bourbon 53

Friday, Dec. 12

New Haven 45, Principia 30

*Washington 59, Ft. Zumwalt North 32

Saturday, Dec. 13

West Plains 76, Pacific 37

Monday, Dec. 15

*Pacific 46, New Haven 28

*St. Clair 59, Hermann 50

*St. James 64, Union 37

Sullivan Tournament

Cuba 48, Principia 27

Borgia 68, Patriettes 29

Sullivan 56, Pattonville 43

Owensville 78, Farmington 54

Wednesday, Dec. 17

Sullivan Tournament

Farmington 61, Pattonville 39

Sullivan 68, Owensville 64

Principia 55, St. Louis Patriettes 42

Borgia 56, Cuba 38

Thursday, Dec. 18

*St. James 72, New Haven 21

*Union 49, Pacific 48

Friday, Dec. 19

Washington at Francis Howell    7 p.m.

Sullivan Tournament

Seventh Place — Pattonville vs. St. Louis Patriettes, 4 p.m.

Consolation — Farmington vs. Principia, 5:30 p.m.

Third Place — Owensville vs. Cuba, 7 p.m.

Championship — Borgia vs. Sullivan, 8:30 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 20

Union at Waynesville    5 p.m.

Wrestling

Monday, Dec. 8

Maplewood 48, Borgia 30

Brentwood 47, Borgia 36

Winfield 48, St. Clair 36

St. Clair 42, St. James 40

Tuesday, Dec. 9

Pacific 55, North County 10

Jackson 63, Washington 12

Farmington 63, Washington 6

Wednesday, Dec. 10

Borgia 36, Lutheran St. Charles 34

Winfield 54, Borgia 30

Thursday, Dec. 11

Union 72, Ft. Zumwalt East 9

Union 52, Principia 30

Union 54, Winfield 27

Saturday, Dec. 13

Union Tournament    9 a.m.

Borgia at McCluer S-Berkeley Tny    9 a.m.

Pacific at Farmington Tny    9 a.m.

Tuesday, Dec. 16

Owensville 61, St. Clair 16

Union 48, Owensville 27

Union 65, St. Clair 18

Friday, Dec. 19

Washington at Raytown S Tny    TBA

Union at Cape Central Tny    TBA

Pacific at Ft. Zumwalt E Tny    TBA

Saturday, Dec. 20

Washington at Raytown S Tny    TBA

Union at Cape Central Tny    TBA

Pacific at Ft. Zumwalt E Tny    TBA

Girls Swimming

Monday, Dec. 8

Washington at Eureka    4:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Dec. 9

Washington at Nerinx Hall    4 p.m.

LSC/OFC 134, Borgia 101, St. Dominic 83

Monday, Dec. 15

Borgia at Notre Dame (Forest Park)    4 p.m.

Kennedy 88, Washington 84

Wednesday, Dec. 17

Lindbergh 128, Washington 48

*Conference Games

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